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How ‘Chernobyl’ Star Jared Harris Revived a Hero Buried by History

How ‘Chernobyl’ Star Jared Harris Revived a Hero Buried by History

A version of this story about Jared Harris and “Chernobyl” first appeared in the Movies & Limited Series issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

In “Chernobyl,” HBO’s gripping miniseries devoted to the nuclear accident in the Soviet Union in 1986, the hero in a catastrophic situation is Valery Legasov, a scientist who was one of the first to recognize the gravity of the situation. Jared Harris, best known for his roles as Lane Pryce in “Mad Men” and King George VI in “The Crown,” plays Legasov as a tortured Everyman trying to get the Soviet government to face up to its responsibility for what happened, when that government is only really interested in finding a scapegoat and hiding the truth.

Legasov hanged himself on the second anniversary of Chernobyl after recording an audiotape revealing undisclosed details about the incident. That recording is the starting point for the five-part HBO miniseries, which

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